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- (uncountable) The emotion felt when a strongly held expectation is not met.
Choking back his disappointment after his own team's splendid wins against Liverpool and Aston Villa, he said: "I've got to be humble and say we were beaten by a very good side." — Today, News Group Newspapers Ltd, 1992
- (countable) A circumstance in which a strongly held expectation is not met.
As the disappointments crowded in — the economy, Rhodesia, strife within the trade-union movement — Wilson tried the expedient of a semi-formal inner Cabinet, or Parliamentary Committee, as he misleadingly liked to call it. — Cabinet, Hennessy, Peter, Basil Blackwell Ltd, 1990
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Dis`ap*point"ment (?), n. [Cf. F.
désappointement.] 1. The act of
disappointing, or the state of being disappointed; defeat or failure
of expectation or hope; miscarriage of design or plan;
If we hope for things of which we have not thoroughly
considered the value, our disappointment will be greater than
our pleasure in the fruition of them.
In disappointment thou canst
2. That which disappoints.
Syn. -- Miscarriage; frustration; balk.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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